Messages will be sent to TVs and radios, along with select cell phones that have opted-in to receive test messages. Click the link below for more information regarding this test event.
Over the next month, the Alert Iowa system will be changing and users will be encouraged to update their registration with the current system. We will be forwarding information when it becomes available. Until then, here is today's press release regarding the upgrade to the Alert Iowa system:
Iowa’s emergency notification system receives upgrade
DES MOINES — Iowa’s emergency notification system is receiving an upgrade that will increase its capabilities to provide emergency and public safety information to citizens.
Alert Iowa is a statewide emergency notification system that enables State and local officials to communicate emergency information directly to citizens. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEMD) is making improvements to the system, which has been in place since 2014, that will utilize improved technology to make it easier for officials to issue alerts and will provide more options for the public to receive vital information.
“Through Alert Iowa, millions of emergency and public safety messages have been delivered to Iowans,” said HSEMD Director Paul Trombino. “This technology will give Iowans the ability to receive important emergency and safety information in the ways that they choose when it matters the most.”
Alert Iowa was developed by HSEMD to provide all counties with access to a single, statewide notification system that provides local control of how and when to disseminate emergency and public safety messages to residents. Upgrades to the system are being provided through a new platform from Rave Mobile Safety, and will benefit both the people who receive the alerts and the officials who send them. Residents will be able to sign up through a web portal, via text message, or by downloading an app. They will also be able to choose how to receive alerts, including by voice call, email, or text, and may have the ability to choose to receive alerts in their preferred language and provide information to an access/functional needs registry for participating counties. For the officials who send the messages, the upgraded system will make it easier to create and send alerts, give them the option to use social media to deliver emergency messages, and offer 24/7 support.
Currently, 90 counties are using Alert Iowa. Residents will begin receiving messages generated by the new platform by July, when the system transition will be complete.
To find out if your county is participating and to learn more about Alert Iowa, visit www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov or alert.iowa.gov. Officials in participating counties will provide information to residents on local sign-up options.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Cedar County Emergency Management, in conjunction with Cedar County Public Health, has launched an informational webpage regarding the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: www.cedarcountycovid19.org
Jodi Freet, Director of Cedar County Emergency Management said, “We know that the amount of incorrect information regarding COVID-19 being shared through social media and other avenues is very overwhelming to our Cedar County residents. After consulting with our partners at Cedar County Public Health, this website was launched to provide a create a ‘one-stop location’ for local information sharing and guidance throughout the duration of the COVID-19 event.” The website, available at www.cedarcountycovid19.org, provides links to official sources and information about the COVID-19 virus and will also include information received from Cedar County businesses regarding reduced hours, reduced staffing and any other changes in business operations in attempt to stop the community spread of this illness. Businesses, churches, community groups and other organizations serving Cedar County are encouraged to email Freet at email@example.com changes to typical operations so that this information can be shared on the www.cedarcountycovid19.orgwebsite as well. Freet also urged the public to remain calm, and not to panic about COVID-19.
“The most important thing to keep in mind is that residents can make a difference in the community spread of this illness. Practicing good handwashing, covering your cough, and observing social distancing will make a difference,” emphasized Bonnie Butler, interim Director, Cedar County Public Health. “For those without access to the Internet, residents can call the Iowa Department of Public Health Information line at 211 or Cedar County Public Health at 563-886-2226 with questions about this changing situation.”
The official posting location for the Cedar County Emergency Management Commission and the Cedar County Joint 911 Service Board will be as follows: the Emergency Management Agency Administrative Offices (1410 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA); the Cedar County Courthouse (400 Cedar Street, Tipton, IA); or the Cedar County EMA website, ema.cedar-county.org. Agendas for all meetings will be posted at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting start time.
Emergency management is the managerial function charged with creating the framework within which communities reduce vulnerability to hazards and cope with disasters. This is coordinated effort, involving not only local, state, and federal governmental agencies, but also volunteer organizations and private sector businesses. Within an integrated framework, all of these groups work together to assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, man-made, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters.
From natural disasters to acts of terror, we are aware of the all too frequent events that impact our lives, our communities, and even countries halfway around the world. No single agency has the capacity, skills and resources, with which to address these disasters successfully. Disasters demand a combined and coordinated approach, linking the expertise and resources of the emergency management community and local authorities with a variety of other organizations. You can help by being prepared.
To many, responding to disasters and emergencies does not come naturally. Cedar County response efforts have been developed through the use of thorough and informed planning, training, exercises, and unfortunately, experience of responding to past disasters. Emergency management is more than just responding to an event; it is a continuous circle of planning, testing, evaluating and mitigating. Learn more about the Emergency Management Planning Cycle and the events that have occurred in Cedar County.
Training is essential to our mission. Local responders can check this link for information regarding upcoming course descriptions
From river gauges to radar, from traffic cameras to winter weather information, these links are some of the tools we use to help prepare Cedar County.
Cedar County Emergency Management
400 Cedar Street
Tipton, IA 52772
1410 Cedar Street, Tipton, Iowa 52772, United States
08:30 am – 03:30 pm
Or call for an appointment... (563) 886-3355
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Last updated: 06/14/2021